Hi tonight. I have been told here and in other places that anxiety is just adrenalin for no reason other than fear. That a person should relax or calm themselves then the adrenalinn, the "fight or flight" response will fade. They even say to focus on your breathing and take deep breaths. Well, for me none of that works. It is when I am relaxed, sleepy even, that I get these feelings of panic. Sometimes my heart will race or pound too hard, sometimes it feels like it is barely beating. Sometimes I feel I have no energy, that my blood pressure is almost non-existent, and I get really, crazy cold...I mean freezing cold. And it's not cold where I live in San Diego, CA, USA. I was in a car where it was 71 degrees and it felt like 40 to me! I also feel like I am not breathing automatically, so thinking about my breathing just makes my anxiety worse, because then I feel like I am in control of it and must stay up all night to make sure I breathe. So I am not feeling a rush of adrenalin when I panic at night (during the day is different), i actually feel the opposite, like a lack of adrenalin or energy. So I can't "relax," I can't be sedated, and I can't focus on my breathing, I am already relaxed and focusing on my breathing makes things worse. So what do I do?
By the way, the constant urge to sigh/ take a deep breath is really driving me crazy and keeping me up. I know I don't have to do it physically, I think it is a habit or my body or mind is addicted to all the air it brings in. I get this empty, almost itchy feeling in the middle of my chest by the base of my sternum and it feels like the only thing that relieves it is to take a deep breath and have my chest expand. Then I get to the point to where I am doing this a lot, every few seconds, and if I don't I feel like I'm not getting enough air. The experts and some here say it is the way I am breathing, that I need to just balance the co2 in my lungs by breathing through my nose, but I have never breathed through my nose before (due to chronic sinusitis and a possible deviated septum) so when I try to do that I have to breather even deeper and harder and really work at it. What the heck do I do? I am going crazy! What are your thoughts?